Everton vs Chelsea Report: Everton match report
Everton beat Chelsea 2-0 at Goodison Park to climb to 11th place on the table. This crucial clash began with a large amount of possession for Chelsea as expected and within the opening 10 minutes of the game, they went awfully close to scoring twice as it seemed like Everton didn’t know what hit them.
Completely stuck deep in their own half right from the
With quick movement from Eden Hazard and Pedro on either flank, Chelsea were able to move the ball quickly and create chances and the closest they came in the half was when a curling effort from Hazard struck the outside of the post before rolling away.
Chelsea’s resurgence into the Toffees’ final third didn’t stop and despite constant jeers from the Everton fans whenever Ross Barkley had the ball, the Englishman’s influence on the game had to be
They pushed on but just seemed to be lacking the final pass and despite having multiple shots on goal, they were unable to break the deadlock and as the teams went into half time, Marco Silva was the happier manager having kept a clean slate in the opening 45 minutes.
Everton came out a different side in the second period though as it looked like they were prepared to take the game to Maurizio Sarri’s men in front of
They built constant pressure in the opening minutes of the second half and really put Chelsea in a tight spot. After some threatening plays in the first knockings, unlike their opponents on the night, they were able to make the pressure count.
In the 49th minute, the pressure resulted in an Everton corner and the first ball was headed at goal by Dominic Calvert-Lewin but Kepa managed to keep it out. On the rebound though, Richarlison thumped it with his head into the roof of the net to make it 1-0.
Despite this blow, there was no real reaction from the men in yellow as they huffed and puffed all through the half. Their complacency was punished again in the 72nd minute.
Marcos Alonso was judged to have tripped Richarlison in the box and the referee awarded a penalty, which was taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Iceland international’s shot was saved by Kepa but he stroked it past the Spaniard on the rebound it double the Toffees’ advantage.
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With the minutes ticking on, Sarri brought on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Olivier Giroud in an attempt to affect the game in the final minutes but to absolutely no effect, as a lacklustre Chelsea team fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Marco Silva’s Everton side.
Here’s how some thrilled Evertonians reacted to this statement victory: